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Mon 13 Jan 2020: Korfing resolutions

Any New Year’s resolutions to stick to a diet of hummus, celery juice and punctual weekly updates have already been broken, with a tell-tale trail of sweet wrappers, empty pop/ale bottles and a weekly update that is already a week late. This is more ‘Janudairy’ than ‘Veganuary’ and we will ‘Beginuary’ afresh next week after this concise (i.e. lazy,) sofa-bound wrap-up of recent goings-on in Korfland.

Whisper it quietly: T1 are knocking on the door of the play-offs in the Premier division. I am not sure how, after losing ‘Amazing’ Gracie Lewis to injury over the Christmas break (playing for England though, what a star..again,) adding to the season-long absence of Francisca ‘The Flying Dutchwoman’ Wollerton (aka Dutchie.) However, we do have depth and youth at the club (not just in shot-clockers now,) so where one door closes another opens…for Molly Rodgers this time, who took to the floor like a korfing spring lamb (granted, one that has been playing the game longer than many of us older folk.) She had a fine first start against Kingfisher, scoring one and besting her opponent on many occasions. Keeping Molly company was a free-scoring Liv(ing legend,) and new korfing duchesses Keira and Caitlin (I hear the Queen is looking for helpers – plenty of korfing royalty on display at the Perse of a Sunday these days, Ma’am, if you want to have a look.) Heaps of goals too for Toby the Tank Engine, Jumping Josh, Laurie Fabulous Fabian and a few too for a jetlagged ‘Yankee Doodle’ Andy Hall, who was up to his usual tricks at half time, keeping the ref waiting whilst he checked himself out in the bathroom. It’s not easy being a man of a certain age (peer pressure, I mean.) 27-23 the final score there and I think that’s our first ever win against Kingfisher, who were not happy (about losing, I think…hard to tell sometimes.)

Our Regional League team were back in action after the Christmas break too, but lost to Kingfisher’s SERL team 9-21. Their boys are good and cancelled our sharp shooters out. We did have some good goals to report from future legend Martha, Histon Bad Boy Harry, some goals from the ‘Podgers’ lads (Potter/Rodgers amalgamation) and a debut goal for new girl Megan Allen, who I hear is very good indeed. Ollie, Rosie, Catherine and Sian are still working off those Christmas roasties, no doubt, whilst Rob is still recovering from the Tigers Christmas party.

T5 have been in action twice, drawing at Phoenix 3 and pipping Uni 1. Captain (and secret korf nerd) Adrian is delighted with the three points – a 50% over-achievement in his books. Leo and Luka were up way past their bedtimes for Thursday’s 7-7 trip to Phoenix, while the party was just getting started for Caroline, Nick, Jen and Billy (no midnight oil left to burn there.) If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it and the tight korfing unit of Nick Leo Caroline and Jenny shut out their Uni1 opponents on Sunday too, whilst Adrian conducted Tommy, Mateja and Laura down his end for their second match in four days. Phoebe subbed on in the second half in what was definitely not her first game of the day (nor was it Laura’s) and herself and Tommy did remarkably well against their bigger, older and jollier opponents. Korfing knowledge is power and Phoebe and Tommy are postgraduate-level korfers already, outwitting their opponents and helping the team to a 9-8 victory.

T3 have also been in action twice – beating City 1 17-10 last week, with Cozzo on a wrecking mission under the City post, but all of the team chipping in with goals. That was followed up by a more closely fought win over Division 1 danger team Phoenix 1 at the weekend. No news on that one yet but that’s cause Ross probably doesn’t want to give anything away before the big one this Sunday: T3-T4. Speaking of T4, survival beckons after dealing with Vikings 2 a week ago 12-15 – Sam O, Holly and Ella doing the surgical strikes there, the rest of us softening up the defences first.

T6 also popped up to Ely at the weekend, to beat Vikings 3 9-18. There were an awful lot of Armitage goals there, mainly from punishing penalty-taker Phoebe (her old man’s shirt was damp with all the tears of pride….and some sweat.) Zoe, Caroline, Luka, Leo – sounds like new super group (a new Buck’s Fizz?) but it’s just a roll call of our consistent T5/T6 goal scorers, popping them in at will. Our shooting really is noticeably better this season! Lots more goals than usual and lots of promise….and with that we need to say a final shout out to our Under-14s, who beat City under 14s on Sunday morning and narrowly lost out to the more experienced and slightly older Kingfisher Under 14s.

Now, it’s the Inter-Area tournament in Harrow next week so a lot of Tigers will be away at that. There is a T6-U2 match scheduled for Sun 19th at 7pm. We may reschedule that to late February if Uni agree, so watch this space. There is also T3-T4 the same evening.

Sun 19 Jan 2020 19:00 Tigers 6 Uni 2 Perse School for Boys
Sun 19 Jan 2020 20:00 Tigers 3 Tigers 4 Perse School for Boys
Wed 22 Jan 2020 21:00 Uni 1 Tigers 6 University Sports Centre
Sun 26 Jan 2020 11:45 Trojans Tigers 1 Trinity Sports Centre
Sun 26 Jan 2020 12:45 Tigers 2 City 1 Perse School for Boys
Sun 26 Jan 2020 16:30 Vikings 2 Tigers 3 The Hive Leisure Village, Ely
Sun 26 Jan 2020 19:00 Tigers 6 Tigers 5 Perse School for Boys
Sun 02 Feb 2020 13:00 Kingfisher 1 Tigers 1 Maidstone Girls Grammar School
Sun 02 Feb 2020 14:30 Kingfisher 2 Tigers 2 Maidstone Girls Grammar School
Sun 02 Feb 2020 19:00 Tigers 5 Lions 2 Perse School for Boys
Sun 02 Feb 2020 20:00 Tigers 4 Vikings 1 Perse School for Boys